Face Mist vs Toner: Nova+ Tips & Uses

Should you use a face mist if you’re already using a toner?

Although both face mist and toner can improve the overall health of the skin, their roles in skincare differ. If you’re often left wondering about when to use, and how to use face mists and toners - especially now that both are available in spray bottles - here’s a quick guide for you.

We’re diving deep on the differences between the two products, how to use toners and face mists in the correct way and order, plus how you can pick out the best toners and face mists that will balance and provide the right type of hydration. 


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Toners Vs. Face Mists

Here’s an easy way to put it: a toner is used before make-up, and face mist after applying make-up.


Applying a toner is an essential part of a skincare routine. Used after cleansing, toners - also called astringent - get in the business of deep cleaning and shrinking your pores. Toners help create a smoother-looking appearance.

Toners look like water, but they’re packed with glycerin, acids, anti-inflammatories, and antioxidants. These ingredients can penetrate quickly to hydrate the skin, and remove dead cells.

Think of a toner as a “primer” that helps the skin absorb serum, and creams better. When you use a toner, you help bring back your skin’s natural acidic state and moisture levels. When the face is cleaner and more hydrated, products can effectively do what they need to do in your skin.


Face Mists

On the other hand, face mists come in handy when you need to freshen up during the day, but they do little for the pores. Also known as facial sprays, face mists are made with nourishing ingredients like fruit extracts, essential oils, and vitamins to give your face an instant burst of hydration. Face mists are a must-have if you need a mid-day pick-me-up for dry skin, tired face, and all-day make-up.

Keep both in your stash - the toner for that daily skin revamp, and the face mist for hydration wherever, whenever.


Toners and Face Mists for Different Skin Type

Adding both toner AND face mists to your skincare ritual makes it easy to deal with specific skin concerns like drying, oiliness, and irritation. Here are some things to consider when choosing a toning and hydrating product for your skin type.


Toners and Face Mists for Oily Skin

Find a toner that deals with excess sebum gently. Look for key ingredients like beta-hydroxy acids, alpha-hydroxy acids, glycerin, and salicylic acid as they help clean the pores, exfoliate the skin, and control sebum production. As for face mists, consider oil-free and silicone-free options to prevent oil build-up and clogged pores.


We Recommend:


oily skin toner


This alcohol-free mattifying toner with an immediate matte effect clarifies your skin, removes excess sebum and refines the pores.


toner for oily skin


 This toner based on a physiological pH formula thoroughly cleanses tones up and refreshes dry skin, even if it is delicate and sensitive. This refreshing toner contains corn extract and d-panthenol which boost moisture levels and restore comfort to the skin.


oily skin face mist


A light, rejuvenating mist that instantly quenches and refreshes dry, stressed and dull skin. Features a hydrating solution, this rose milk face spray transforms from a nutrient-rich, milky emulsion into a weightless/lightweight mist.

Toners and Face Mists for Dry Skin

Skip the alcohol-based toners as they can be extremely drying. Opt for toners with hydrating ingredients like Vitamin E, chamomile, green tea, and hyaluronic acid. For face mists, Dr. Samer Jaber of Washington Square Dermatology recommends products infused with oils.


We Recommend:




dry skin toner


 Contains soothing linden extract that clarifies your skin, removes excess sebum and completes the cleansing process. The toner includes castor oil that will make your skin feel soft, and supple.



toner for dry skin


 This hydrating toner features a light silky formula that exfoliates and hydrates the skin at the same time. The combination of AHA and Pitera delivers the skin renewal and plumping benefits. It helps remove additional impurities and tighten pores after cleansing, while still giving your skin the hydration it needs.



dry skin face mist


A delicious concoction of rosa centifolia flower water, and sunflower oil. Comforts and softens the skin while moisturizing and toning-up your skin.



Toners and Face Mists for Combination Skin 

Combo skin needs the loving of both mattifying and hydrating ingredients. Look for toners and face mists that feature ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, witch hazel, and natural oils.


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combination skin toner


This silky-soft moisturising formula detoxifies and nourishes the skin. Instantly rehydrates the skin after it is exfoliated. Made with honey and sweet almond extract that leaves the skin hydrated, cooled, and moisturised.
combination skin face mist
Includes valuable minerals and trace elements that give a wonderful feeling of freshness and quickly soothes stressed skin. It can also be sprayed onto the eyelids and used over make-up.


Toners and Face Mists for Sensitive Skin

If your skin is prone to tightness and irritation, chances are you’re not going to reach for a toner. But there are toners that actually alleviates skin sensitivity. Go for toners with aloe vera, witch hazel, rose water, glycerin, and flower oils - ingredients that are tough on impurities but gentle on the skin.


We Recommend:




sensitive skin toner


This toning lotion is made with love and French rose, purple orchid, St. John's extract and vitamin E. This gentle lotion cleanses and hydrates the skin leaving it soft and radiant.
sensitive skin face mist
Formulated with skin rejuvenating hyaluronic acid, rose water, acacia honey and sweet almond oil, this delicate and luxurious rose milk lotion diffuses moisture for 24H skin hydration, and nourishes for soothed, comfortable, soft skin and glowing skin.


With all the necessary skincare steps, you may shrug off the need for toners and face mists. However, these products are one of the secrets to achieving supple, glowing, youthful skin! Don’t miss out on the next level hydration for your skin - include a toner and face mist to your holy grail hydration products!

Need some help putting together the best skincare routine for your skin type? Try our skin quiz!

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Alexis Adrienne

Alexis Adrienne

Alexis Adrienne is a passionate beauty writer with over 10 years of experience. She’s incredibly keen on all things skincare, makeup and cosmetics, with a fingertip on the pulse of the latest global beauty trends at all times.

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